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Weekend View

It is all about the weekend view over here.

Like a bit of romance.
A sprinkle of sawdust 
and the first few pumpkins starting to appear.

Happy weekend everyone. 

It has been a week of projects over here.
Starting with flooring. And onto decorating. And coming up... might involve pumpkins and another Christmas tree.

I am knee deep in photography and writing for my book. And that is while the renovations and sawdust are collecting around me.

Sawdust Diaries

Did I mention a certain pair of antique french doors that made their way from a mansion in Alameda to my French Country Cottage?
They did. And they have the most beautiful patina - tiger striped oak that is bleached from the years to perfection. And they were the perfect pieces for a small space we have renovated.

You can see a glimpse of them here- but right now- they are covered in sawdust and waiting for fresh paint around them... stay tuned for a closer look and more coming your way.

Book work

I got up early this morning- and it was early enough that it was pitch black outside. Why is it already pitch black at 5:30 am.... The seasons are changing already. And last week, we went from 100+ to upper 70's and a bit chilly at night. September means we are zooming towards autumn... and that we are zooming towards my book needing to be wrapped up. Can you believe it?

So when I got up this morning- I decided to log a bit of time writing while I wait for renovations to wrap and to get those rooms photographed.


I was so excited that a local garden center was chock full of pumpkins. 
I loaded up a cart with all sizes big and small and even found a few heirlooms- though I am waiting on those golden brown beauties that I absolutely adore as well as a few more whites and grays for some upcoming stylings.

I did find the irony of photographing pumpkins while the Christmas tree twinkled away quite amusing- and thinking September is a perfect time for holiday decor to start making an appearance.

Romantic Homes

It is FINALLY out on newsstands!! 
The October issue of Romantic Homes. 

photo courtesy of Finding Silver Pennies

It is my second issue as Editor- and I am so excited about the features we have inside those pages. While more changes will be rolled out as we get further down the line with re-branding - this issue has been so well received that we are all excited to share more about what we have coming down the line.
If you haven't subscribed yet-
you can do that by clicking right here and it is just $19.95 for a year-
which is 12 issues-
and you can even subscribe to a digital version if you prefer. 

Coming your way:

A busy week of all things autumn.

Bright and early tomorrow morning-
a decadent and delicious and SO EASY pumpkin baked brie en croute. 
Fall dining room simplicity
and a peek at a fall home tour.

And much more.

For all my friends in the path of the hurricane- please stay safe!

Have a beautiful Sunday friends.


  1. The new Romantic Homes is beautiful ~ congratulations!

  2. Congratulations on the magazine work. I love Romantic Homes. Can't wait for your book!

  3. Hi Courtney
    What a wonderful surprise to see you are the NEW editor for Romantic Homes. They could not have chosen anyone better. I know you are where you should be right now and I look forward to every new issue with you at the helm! Congratulations!!!!!!!

  4. So excited for you Courtney as the new editor for Romantic Homes...and can't wait to get your book! #loveyourstyle

  5. Hi Courtney, I have read and read this lovely publication all last week. It has some amazing ideas and always send me through a frenzies of redoing something in my little Shabby Lane Cottage. I love the new changes and especially not seeing something that was in one of sister magazines. When I see that I feel like I have wasted my money. lol I love having a double dose of you! Once through your blogging and now through Romantic Homes! High 5 to the whole staff!
    xoxo Jo

  6. This issue of Romantic Homes is one of the prettiest I've seen in recent years. I love it!

  7. Congratulations on your new position with Romantic Homes. It's a wonderful magazine, and I'm sure you will do an outstanding job!

  8. I'm enjoying my February issue of ROMANTIC HOMES, It's just lovely Courtney, so elegant, charming and beautiful French Style...thank you...Donna Meyers...